Portadown FC has a rich history of success both locally and nationally and it is something held with great pride around the club. Still currently the Ports are the most successful club outside of Belfast city after 4 league title successes in the 90’s and early 2000’s along with domestic cup titles. Although league title success evaded the club for many years, so much so that there was a Gypsy Curse myth around the town. The story goes that when the club moved to Shamrock Park in 1906, there was an old Gypsy woman that put curse on the ground that she was forced to move from and that is why the club could never earn a league title. That myth was thrown out the window in 1990 when a Ronnie McFall led team soared to the top of the league and stayed there despite challenges from Glenavon & Linfield.
1990/1991 League and Cup Double
Following the elation of securing the club’s first league championship in 1990, the season finished on a sour note with a 3-0 defeat to Glentoran in the Irish Cup final meaning Portadown missed out on securing a historic first league and cup double. However this was to be achieved in some style the following season as Portadown romped to a second successive league title and followed it up with a 2-1 victory over Glenavon thanks to a brace from 2019 Hall of Fame inductee, Stevie Cowan on a sun drenched Saturday afternoon in May to lift the Irish Cup. That 1990-91 Portadown team would go down in history as the greatest ever Portadown, and possible Irish League, side with Cowan hitting 41 goals in a season that also seen the club with the Ulster Cup & Budwieser Cup to finish with 4 trophies back to Shamrock Park.
As well as Cowan, players like Mickey Keenan, Philip Major, Ian Curliss, Gregg Davidson, Brian Strain, Alfie Stewart, Joey Cunningham & Sandy Fraser alongside manager Ronnie McFall would secure themselves a place in Portadown folklore and always be remembered fondly as those who brought the greatest of times to Shamrock Park.